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In war, irresolution is especially enough to leap at once to the summit, disastrous. The general, sitting in in order to avoid the labour of ascendhis tent with his principal officers, ing step by step. There are unmay
“deliberate in cold debate,” un- doubtedly some events which promote til the enemy enter, and call upon a man's fortunes more than others, them to surrender. Julius Cæsar used and seasons when
his affairs begin to to say that great exploits ought to be prosper better. But the wise man executed without waiting for consul- knows that these seldom happen fortation, lest the contemplation of tuitously. What is “the nick of danger should cool the first ardour of time?" It is the moment when the courage. Promptitude of decision and iron is hot enough for hammering; of action are, besides, indispensable the industrious smith knows it well, in commanders, inasmuch as their and brings it about for himself hun. motions and actions are for the most dreds of times in a day. When is the part sudden, on account of the daily tide fortunate ? Whenever it flows occurrence in a campaign of events deep enough to carry the ship out of and vicissitudes which could neither harbour; the prudent merchant knows be foreseen nor provided against. In its periods, and bas his vessel ready these circumstances, presence of mind loaded to sail with it. These, and is of greater advantage than a head such as these, are the lucky eras" in more sagacious but slow in its opera- the affairs of men :" they present tions, and often achieves the most themselves, not once in the “ threesplendid victories. Great conquerors score and ten years,” nor once in a have commonly possessed this quick- year, but daily, hourly, every minute ; ness of capacity in an eminent degree; they who embrace them, thrive; they as may be instanced in Cæsar, and, who neglect them, never do well. above all, in Bonaparte. A readiness “ The nick of time," we might have of repartee is also of no small conse- said, is nothing else but the present quence, on some occasions, to the time, which always brings with it leader of an army. Two or three something needful. to be done, some vords aptly thrown out in the heat of duty, manual or mental, to be perthe moment, produce much more effect formed. If these be not in their turn upon soldiery than a studied and regularly accomplished, we not only stately harangue. “England expects miss “ the nick of time” now, but every man to do his duty
throw ourselves out of all reckoning more inspiriting than all the speeches with regard to it for the future. in Livy would have been, if they had The man who finishes his work-of actually been delivered.
whatever kind it may be—in due Indecision and irresolution fail in season, need scarcely fear that he all; the power of deciding in sudden will ever experience any disadvantage emergencies, and vigour in action, from the want of presence of mind. gain a part; but it is only forethought He is always unembarrassed, and and prudence that secure permanent whatever comes to his hand, he is benefits. People are too apt to ima- ready to execute. Few emergencies gine, that what is called “the nick of harass him, because he is prepared time" is a period which arrives, un- for them beforehand. On the con. expectedly, but once in a man's life ; trary, he whose indolence or folly that “the tide, which, taken at its causes him to procrastinate, is always height, doth lead to fortune," offers in a hurry, and never does anything to the adventurer no more than a well. He can never extricate himself single flow; they sit down accord- from confusion; and a small thing is ingly, and “ wait to see what will cast to him an emergency, inasmuch as, up,” resolved that no minor occupa- when the time for undertaking it tion shall engross their attention, and arrives, he is never ready to begin. prevent them from snatching the The business of to-day he puts off till grand opportunity when it comes. to-morrow; and when to-morrow This conduct is as foolish as it would comes, finding he has the work of be to remain at the bottom of a moun- two days on his hands, and that to go tain in the hope of acquiring agility through it would cost him unusual labour, he says to himself once more, WILLIAM DAWSON'S POPULARITY. “ It will be time enough to-morrow,' and postpones all till the third day.
INSTEAD of his labours being confined Thus he proceeds, accumulating in
to his own and the neighbouring his progress a multitude of dilemmas, circuits and districts, his calls for from which no earthly prudence or
special service now extended to the presence of mind is capable of extri. neighbouring counties. The friends cating him. We have known men of in one of the principal towns in the this kind, who led far more laborious kingdom, being about this time (in lives, everything considered, than 1815) disappointed of some of their those who did three times as much leading men on a missionary occasion, work. They would forfeit their sleep
Mr. Dawson was proposed by a memtwo nights in the week, slaving and
ber of the committee to supply the toiling at a business, which, if taken lack in the emergency. But though in proper time, and by proper ar
fame ran high, yet as he had never rangements, could have been very
visited the place—as only one or two easily accomplished. To act wisely,
of the less influential members had therefore, in the business of life, we heard him-as great expectations must always combine forethought were raised, and they were not to be with promptitude-we must bring realized by the brethren who had mind into play. A well-disciplined been solicited, it was agreed instead mind, which, at a glance at all sides of a letter—for no time was to be lost of a subject, can see where the diffi- —that a deputation should be sent culties lie, and how they are to be
forth with to Leeds and Barnbow. surmounted, is seldom at a loss in On the arrival of the gentlemen at acting promptly and yet prudently. Leeds, they tried what additional Promptitude without forethought, or help could be obtained there; but the power of acting wisely on the spur
were unable to secure any. They of the moment, is of no use, or worse
then inquired, with some anxiety, than useless, for it amounts to pre- respecting the suitability and the cipitancy; besides, it is often neces
abode of Mr. Dawson. sary, in human action, to proceed man for you!” was reiterated in with deliberate caution—to go on
different quarters. Thus encouraged patiently for a time in a dull rou- they took a post-chaise and drove on tine of duty before the period
to Barnbow. On their arrival, they arrives that is to produce the glorious inquired of Mrs. Dawson, to whom result we anticipated. This is emi- they were introduced, for her son. nently the case in all that relates to A chaise in the cross road to Barnworks of art. The famous Michael bow was rather an unusual thing. Angelo, who was very long about his They soon advertised the old lady, works, said, “ that in arts haste was however, of the object of their visit. good for nothing, and that as nature She told them that her son was in takes much time in forming what is the fields; but having no boy at to last long, so art, which strives to hand, and the gentlemen being wishimitate nature, ought to work leisurely; ful to go in quest of him themselves, it being impossible for man to do any they proceeded in the line directed. thing that is excellent in haste.” The visitants coming up to a person Thus, even in some of the higher in crossing the fields, who was endepartments of art, where genius gaged on the farm, paid their respects comes into play, long labour and care- to him, and inquired, ful execution are indispensable to Mr. Dawson, Sir?” An answer in success. Those who work at ordinary the negative was humbly and respectprofessions may likewise be assured fully returned; the man adding, that prudence and persevering indus- “Master is in a cl down there," try are no less necessary in their pointing in the direction where he case, and that the only way to hit wished them to go. It was not long “the nick of time" is, to be con- before they saw a person busily stantly busy in their employments.- engaged in hedging and ditching; Chambers's Journal.
and being pretty near him before they
is The very
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spoke, the humble ditcher lifted up his head, with the spade in his hand. The query was again proposed, but with greater certainty,—" It is Mr. Dawson, we presume?” tlemen, my name is Dawson.” have been deputed to wait upon you," naming the place and occasion, “ to request your kindly aid.” Mr. Daw. son returned,-“ You must be mistaken of your man.” “No; it is no mistake; go, and help you must; we cannot do without you.” Lifting the spade, he struck it into the earth; and quitting the handle, he said, “ If it must be so, why then, it shall be so." Just at that moment, he put his first and third finger into his mouth-doubling the second and fourth, and, drawing a full breath, sent forth a shrill whistle, that might have been heard a considerable distance from the place. Instantly, on the sound striking the ear, a man popped his head over the hedge, a little further down the field, ready to attend the signal. Mr. Dawson waved his hand; and the man appearing on the spot, he said,
You must go on with this job,—cut in that direction,-80 low—and it will be a right depth.” So saying, and the servant replying, “Very well,” Mr. Dawson threw his coat over bis arm, and proceeded homeward with the gentlemen, where there
a cold collation provided for them. Before Mr. Dawson himself partook of it, he went up stairswashed – shaved—and in a few minutes, appeared at the table, attired in black, with all the respectability of an English squire. They soon entered the chaise; and being in fine health and spirits, Mr. Dawson kept them alive the whole of the way to Leeds with wit and anecdote. They soon found they were in the presence of a man who would lend them efficient help; he proceeded with them, and at the meeting-crowded, and in one of the largest chapels in the Connexion—the whole tide of popular feeling was in his favour.- Everett's Life of William Dawson.
A LAKE OF FIRE. We were standing on the extreme edge of a precipice, overhanging a lake of molten fire, a hundred feet below us, and nearly a mile across. Dashing against the cliffs on the opposite side, with a noise like the roar of a stormy ocean, waves of bloodred, fiery, liquid lava hurled their billows upon an iron-bound headland, and then rushed up the face of the cliffs to toss their gory spray high in the air. The restless, heaving lake boiled and bubbled, never remaining the same for two minutes together. Its normal colour seemed to be a dull dark red, covered with a thin, grey scum, which every moment and in every part swelled and cracked, and emitted fountains, cascades, and whirlpools of yellow and red fire, while sometimes one big golden river, sometimes four or five, flowed across it. There was an island on one side of the lake, which the fiery waves seemed to attack unceasingly with relentless fury, as if bent on hurling it from its base. On the other side was a large cavern, into which the burning mass rushed with a loud roar, breaking down in its impetuous headlong career the gigantic stalactites that overhung the mouth of the cave, and flinging up the liquid material for the formation of fresh ones. It was all terribly grand, magnifi. cently sublime; but no words could adequately describe such a scene. The precipice on which we were standing overhung the crater so much that it was impossible to see what was going on immediately beneath ; but from the columns of smoke and vapour that arose, the flames and sparks that constantly drove us back from the edge, it was easy to imagine that there must have been two or three grand fiery fountains below. As the sun set, and darkness enveloped the scene, it became more awful than ever. The violent struggles of the lava to escape from its fiery bed, and the loud and awful noises by which they were at times accompanied, suggested the idea that some imprisoned monsters were trying to release themselves from their bondage, with shrieks and groans, and cries of agony and despair, at the futility of
their efforts. Sometimes great pieces Jupiter on the morning of the 20th, broke off and tumbled with a crash Venus and Mercury on the morning into the burning lake, only to be re- of the 25th. She is nearest the earth melted and thrown up anew.-Mrs. on the 12th, and most distant from it Brassey in “ Voyage of the Sun- on the 26th. beam."
Mercury is an evening star till the 11th of the month, and a morning
star towards the end of the month. HUMILITY.
She is at the greatest distance from
the sun on the 3rd. We confess our nothingness before Venus is a morning star, rising on God; but do we mean it? Or, do the 1st two hours and twenty-two we think to please God by untruth? minutes before the sun, and on the It is one thing to wish to be thought last day three hours and twenty-five humble; and another thing to be minutes before the sun. humble. True humility is not un. Mars rises on the 1st at thirty-two willing to be thonght proud. For if minutes after twelve a.m., and on the it be thought proud, it will go with- last day at six minutes after seven out the praise of humility. And humility is only concerned to be Jupiter is a morning star, rising on humble, and not to have the praise the 1st at fifty-seven minutes after of it.
twelve a.m., and on the last day at Humility is so beautiful in the
forty-eight minutes after six a.m. sight of God, and so difficult of attain- Saturn rises on the 1st at forty-five ment, that it must be the care and minutes after twelve a.m. On the labour of our life to deepen its root 29th at fifty-two minutes after ten within us. E-pecially, we should p.m. press our sins into this service. If
High water at London Bridge on we keep them before us, to chastise the 1st at forty minutes after four in and humble our souls therewith, God the morning, and fifty-seven minutes will cast them behind His back. If after four in the afternoon. On the sinners should be humble, how much 31st at forty-seven minutes after four more sinners who are seeking to be in the morning, and two minutes saved by an humble Saviour !-- Aids after five in the afternoon. to Thought. Pulsford's Quiet Hours. The writer of these notes was born Pp. 71, 72.
on the 2nd, 1803, and the celebrated Garibaldi on the 4th, 1807. Victoria Alexandra Olga Mary, fourth child of
Prince and Princess of Wales, born Phenomena of the Months.
on the 6th, 1868.
JULY. The sun rises on the 1st at forty-nine minutes after three, and sets at seventeen minutes after eight. On the 31st he rises at twenty-four minutes after four, and sets at forty-seven minutes after seven.
Hence the day shortens in the morning thirty-seven minutes, and in the evening thirty minutes, one hour and seven minutes in the month.
MUSIC IN NATURE.
spheres. But sweeter far the symphony of soal Which soothes the breast from virtue's. Forbid the injurious thought! and rather
The moon is full on the 11th at thirteen minutes after two in the afternoon. New moon on the 26th at nineteen minutes after five in the morning. She will be near Saturn on the morning of the 19th, Mars and
lays, In man or angel—'tis His noblest praise. And shall the power which strings this
sweetest lyre Bat hear its tones to bid them all expire ?
fear Yon glittering worlds will quit their ancient
Earth's everlasting hills, and ocean's
stream, Dissolve in air, the fabric of a dream!
Rev. James Joyce.
Mutual-Did Association Reporter.
NEW HONORARY MEMBERS.
ST. JUST. W. Naylor, Esq., Everton.
DEAR SIR,—I have to inform you Mr. R. Fletcher, Retford.
that a meeting on behalf of our MuRev. J. Hearnshaw, Walsall.
tual-Aid Association was held in the Mr. S. Cox, Walsall.
Circuit Chapel here on Wednesday, H. K. Atkinson, Esq., Camberwell. May 4th, Messrs. Benson and Madder W. Avery, Esq. (Mayor), Barnstaple. attending as a deputation. The chair
was taken by Mr. R. Boyns, our DERBY BRANCH.
Local Treasurer. The Rev. Robert On Wednesday, April 20th, the An.
Dillon, Superintendent Minister, was nual Tea and Public Meeting of this
on the platform. Branch was held at the Wesleyan
The attendance was not large, but Chapel, London Road, the chair being
the meeting was a very good one ; & occupied by the Rev. Henry Soper
very good impression in favour of the (Superintendent Minister), who, in a
Association having been made. stirring address, urged upon the local
A collection amounting to £3 6s. 7d. brethren the duty of joining the Asso
was taken up at the close. ciation, stating, “ that while he re
We had some difficulty in getting & garded the action of the General
place for the deputation to stay, but Committee in accepting an old brother
so favourable was the impression made who lives in this town as very kind,
that we should have none were they he thought that the brethren should
coming again. join while young, thus doing their
One or two of the brethren who utmost to provide against sickness
were present at the meeting think of and old age; and by taking an in
joining.- I am, dear sir, terest in the Association they would
Yours truly, be all the more likely to secure its
Thos. WILLIAMS. success.” He also suggested that the
Mr. Geo. Sims. brethren in the town should be visited, and the claims of the Association pressed upon them.
CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND. Addresses were given by the Rev.
March 8th, 1881. Dr. Megarry, Rev. J. Dinsley, Bros. Feltrup, Hanson, C. Dooley, and J. MY DEAR BRO. Sıms,—The thought Harrison.
just occurs to me that by the time There were not many friends at this comes to hand, all your preparatea, owing to the severely cold wind; tions for the Annual Meeting will be but there was a better attendance at completed. The bright June morning the evening meeting. The net pro- arrives ; some are early and waiting ceeds were very small, and the Com- with intense anxiety, while mittee thought that the Local Trea- straggler after another comes up in surer should bold the amount to assist breathless haste. The poor old locohim in paying the Annuitants, &c. motive, labouring under too much
Since the meeting, the suggestion pressure, almost explodes. Be wise, of the Chairman has been taken up my brother! Take time by the foreby the Committee of the Branch, and lock, and never come when the gates a deputation appointed to visit the are closed and the train is gone. brethren who are eligible for mem- Query, Who has not? bership, and we hope good results Now allow me, dear brethren, in
John WESTON. imagination to be present with you,